“You fight like a royal. Like the weapons are made of wood. Like no one means to hurt you. But this is not London, your highness.”
I really love the idea of having multiple mediums with stories of the same world. It provides different experiences while enjoying the same world, truly the best. When reading regular novels, the only reference on how the world and characters look is what’s on the page and whatever your mind makes of it. Graphic novels and comic books
I want to start with how absolutely gorgeous the art is. Andrea Olimpieri really caught the essence of Red London with this art style and colour palette. This isn’t just skill, but also proves the artist really resonated with the story in a way to beautifully project what is going on.
Storywise, this is just the best. The story arc of the first to fourth issue of the comics, which are bundled together in this trade paperback, are shaped in a different way than if you’d read the same amount of pages in a regular novel. It’s much shorter, so I can’t tell too much about the story. But because it is shorter, each moment is explored more as pictures say more than a thousand words. It’s something else for a change and I think many people might enjoy that.
I think the best part about this graphic novel is that it let’s explore some of the (recent) history and ways people live and behave in Red London. It also gives more insight about Rhy’s dad and what he did when he was still a prince. Reading this graphic novel really made me appreciate King Maresh more. I am very curious to read what ‘The Night of Knives’ will bring! It releases tomorrow and just ordered it tonight, because of course.
The Steel Prince is a prequel of A Darker Shade of Magic, but neither series spoils eachother, nor do you have to read ADSOM to understand this. It can easily be read as a standalone series and it won’t be any less fun to read.
I really recommend this graphic novel as it’s gorgeous and just another story in one of my favourite fantasy worlds. It explored more of the history of Red London and adds to the overall world building. So if you are an A Darker Shade of Magic fan or just love Schwab’s work in general, this is a must read!
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